Potholes

Boy Traveling Away From Home

As many of you know there are big changes on the horizon for my family. My husband found out at the end of February that his employer is needing to transition him out of his current position.  That’s my polite way of saying he is getting laid off. His last day with his current job is scheduled for May 1.

Since being made aware of this, my husband has been looking for another job. You might remember this post I wrote about being thankful for the DOORS he’s had the opportunity to walk through.

Well, one of those doors has opened up and we will be moving to Georgia. We are thrilled!  This move also brings us closer to family. What a blessing.

However, you know when things are progressing so smoothly that you can’t help but think, this has been a little too easy, Lord, when are we going to hit a pothole?  And sure enough, yesterday, we hit a pothole. Yet the crazy thing is…I’m not freaked out about it.

As soon as I heard about the upcoming challenge my mind immediately thought about God’s faithfulness. Not just God’s faithfulness over the last couple of months…but over the span of my lifetime.

I read this tweet from Rick Warren this morning. “When uncontrollable circumstances leave me out on a limb, I just let go. God catches me every time.”

Folks, if Rick Warren can say this so soon after losing his son to suicide…I can certainly say it when I encounter a little pothole in the road. I have journeyed with God long enough now to know that the trials in our lives are designed to deepen our dependence on Him, to bring us closer to Him, to remind us of how much we need Him.

I am not sure what challenges are ahead  for us…but I do know who I need in the driver’s seat.

What about you? What have you learned recently about God’s faithfulness due to uncontrollable circumstances in your life?

14 thoughts on “Potholes

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    Currently we are in one of those lulls as a family. I know it will not last. The church I pastor had a horrific financial slam hit us in January ’11 only to watch God bless us so much we were able to pay cash for a renovation for more space less than a year and a half later. He was faithful. God has proven Himself faithful through thick and thin, good and bad. I have no idea what He has planned for the future but I want to be walking with Him. Praying also your “glitch” works out.

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  2. Kristin

    My family was where you all are 9 years ago. The company my husband worked for went bankrupt and all employees were out of a job. That is why we left Ok to come to Ky. The only downfall was that we had to move away from family. I’m so thankful for free cell minutes, fb, e-mail 😉

    I’ll be praying too for your pothole to smooth out soon!
    Blessings to you~

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  3. Phil D. Malmstrom

    I’m dealing with some “potholes” myself at the moment Eileen, and like you I’m diligently striving to let go of those fears and trepidations and place my faith in the one who always brings us through…

    Thank you for the reminder this morning!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  4. Lisa

    Thank you for this reminder, Eileen. God is always faithful . . . always! Even when it seems the world is crashing down around us and nothing makes sense, God is still walking right beside us and He is still in control. I love the quote from Rick Warren.

    Many blessings!

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Yes He is in control. Often it’s when things don’t make sense when I am at the most peace because I know He knows what’s around the corner. He’s got it covered. And I love the quote too.

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  5. Lois

    Eileen Thanks for the reminder,. Your message brings me back to where I should be, “Let go, let God.” God Bless you and your family as you move forward toward the Lords plans for you. You will be missed here, however,you will always be in our hearts and prayers. You have given so much to all of us. God’s blessings.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Thank you, Lois! Roger and I have commented to one another that “here” has been some of the best years of our life. I will miss everyone.

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  6. Jennifer

    I love this! I just taught something similar at a women’s Bible study a few weeks ago. Oftentimes, we reach a circumstance that upsets us so much that we focus more on the problem at hand, and forget about the beautiful faithfulness God has shown us in the past.
    It shows wisdom and growth when we are able to look at the situation from a perspective of a minor pothole rather than a major sink hole. Having recognition that God is faithful in ALL circumstances is key.
    Nice post!

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Jennifer, it’s been a long journey to not immediately think gloom and doom when trials come up in my life. I think it really does come from watching a pattern of faithfulness play out.

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  7. tammy werthem

    How exciting you will be moving to the South!
    I am trusting God with direction, influence and peace as we lead over 150 people at Unleashed this weekend.
    Praying for your family as you make your move.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Thank you, Tammy. I have no doubt that Unleashed is going to be a life changing time for those who attend!

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